Jan 7, 2014, 3:24 AM
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India, Japan discuss bilateral defense cooperation

New Delhi, Jan 7, IRNA – India and Japan Monday discussed bilateral defence cooperation at the Defence Ministerial meeting.

At the meeting held here on Monday, Defense Minister A K Antony and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera, extensively exchanged ideas regarding regional and global security challenges, as well as bilateral defence cooperation.

They shared views on issues relating to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region. Minister Onodera briefed on Japan`s National Security Strategy and the National Defence Program Guidelines, which were adopted in December 2013. The Defence Minister of India A K Antony appreciated the detailed briefing.

The two Ministers appreciated the progress on India-Japan bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges that had been achieved in a variety of fields and at various levels, including the holding of the third Defense Policy Dialogue which was decided during the 2011 Defense Ministerial meeting, the second '2 plus 2' dialogue and the second bilateral training between the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force and the Indian Navy which was held from 19-22 December, 2013.

They also decided to strengthen India-Japan defence consultation and cooperation, including those related to maritime security to further consolidate and strengthen the Strategic and Global Partnership between Japan and India.

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